Complementary therapies

Helping you relax with therapies tailored to individual needs and offered together with conventional medical treatments to maximise well-being.

Our therapies

We offer a range of complementary therapies to inpatients and outpatients in safe and comfortable surroundings at our Hospice including: Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Reiki.

Given alongside conventional medical treatments, these complementary therapies can promote a sense of well-being and relaxation.

Find out more about available therapies

Virtual Complementary Therapy sessions

Our virtual sessions have received positive feedback from those who have used the service.  We tailor your session around your preferences, to include what you feel like on the day of your appointment.

Your session can include a guided meditation, some muscle relaxation techniques or a more practical session including hand reflexology techniques and gentle acupressure that you can do by yourself. 

You can also include a family member in your session and they can learn some of these techniques too and then be able to this for you!     

Available virtual therapies

Following an adaptation of current therapies we offer, and the introduction of others, here are the virtual therapies that are currently available

  • PCGI  (Person Centred Guided Imagery) 
  • PMR (Progressive Muscle Relaxation)
  • HEARTS Approach (involving patients carer)
  • Reiki meditations
  • Guided meditations
  • Aromatherapy Aromasticks
  • Hand Reflexology techniques
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
More info about virtual therapies

Attend Anywhere/ Near Me

If you have a virtual consultation booked, you will be asked to join a secure video call using an NHS system called Attend Anywhere/ Near Me. You will be contacted beforehand by Lisa or a member of our complementary therapies team with details of your consultation start time and other information about your session.

Ahead of your consultation, please click on the link below. This will take you directly to the system. If you click on "Start video call" you will enter a virtual waiting room and your therapist will join you when your session is ready to commence. Please don't worry, its very straight-forward and secure... and a great way to enjoy therapies from home.

Access your virtual session here

Wagging tails and big smiles

We are so happy to see our fabulous Therapets and their lovely owners back at the Hospice! A big thank you to them all for returning to spread joy and furry goodness, after a long break due to the pandemic. 

Sadly the lovely Cedric has died and he will be greatly missed. Cedric's best buddy Gus, pictured top right together, will now be coming to see us and we look forward to welcoming him.

Our team of awesome pets are: 

Brodie & Skye, Golden Retrievers - Monday weekly

Molly, Black Cockapoo - Tuesday fortnightly

Maddie & Morgan, Spaniels - Wednesday fortnightly

Brodie, Cavapoo - Wednesday fortnightly

Quincey, Labrador - Thursday fortnightly

Gus, Terrier - Friday weekly

Other news

Accessible Clinical Practice

Marie Duggan is a practitioner and training provider offering Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care CPD eLearning for Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. She recognised that some therapists taking part in eLearning would welcome the opportunity to gain clinical practice within cancer care and palliative care settings. St Columba's was delighted to partner with Marie to offer a placement to Alison Hughes. You can read about Alison's clinical practice placement here: 

We are thrilled that Alison's placement with us led to her joining the team as our Volunteer Complementary Therapist.

To read more about Marie's work, go to Butterfly Touch Therapies -


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